…Except that we foresee years of litigation on this particular idea because, exciting as it is (and we think it is) we know of at least one literary estate and one literary figure who’ve already done wonderful versions of the same thing:
Fringe‘s J.J. Abrams and J.H. Wyman Reunite for Robot Cop Drama – by Robyn Ross (TVGuide.Com)
The upcoming pilot is a futuristic cop drama set in a not-so-distant future when Los Angeles police officers are partnered up with human-like androids. Wyman will write the script and executive produce along with Abrams and Bryan Burk.
Abrams and Wyman are currently wrapping up their final season of Fringe, while Abrams is launching his newest series, NBC’s Revolution, this fall.
Our recollection – augmented by LB’s still strong memory – is that this is the basic premise of Isaac Asimov’s two best (in our opinion) novels, Caves of Steel and The Naked Sun, each set in the I, Robot universe and about a crime being solved by a human police detective and his robot partner. And LB recalls that Harlan Ellison had a similar project, either as a short story or a TV deal, way back in the century that came before this one. Attorneys, start your engines!